Mich. Judge to Leave the Bench

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

PONTIAC, Mich. — A suburban Detroit judge who was filmed shopping, working out at a gym and visiting a spa during repeated absences from the bench last winter says she will leave at year's end.

Oakland County Circuit Judge Deborah Tyner, 49, has been on the bench for 16 years. She was running unopposed for re-election Nov. 7.

WDIV-TV followed Tyner for several weeks last winter and reported that she repeatedly left the courthouse at lunchtime and did not return to the bench. Tyner said then that she had done nothing wrong and was caught up with her cases.

In a news release Tuesday, she said she planned"to pursue opportunities within the private sector and devote my time and skills to the charitable and philanthropic arenas. I also look forward to spending more time with my husband and children."

Chief Judge Wendy Potts told The Oakland Press that the WDIV story did not influence Tyner's decision.

"I'm really very sorry to see her go,"Potts told The Detroit News."She is a judge who keeps her docket current and decides matters expeditiously,"Potts said in a written statement to the Detroit Free Press.

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